Counting Check Boxes in Children

I have found other threads for this, and tried this formula


However, I get error #BOOLEAN EXPECTED

I have parent rows and grandparent that I would like to calculate


  • Mark Cronk
    Mark Cronk ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 12/18/20

    Hi @Randy Van Winkle ,

    The column you place this formula in needs to be formated as text/number to prevent the error. Looks like it's probably a checkbox.

    Move it to another row and use =COUNTIF(Descendants([original name]@row),1) where [original name] is the column name you want counted.



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  • Hi Mark, Thanks for answering. Unfortunately i have almost a hundred columns so that would be a bit cumbersome. I found another workaround in using +'' after the formula. However that prevents the "number" from being used in a chart on dashboard.

  • Mark Cronk
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    Hi @Randy Van Winkle ,

    Don't know if it works for you but if you change the column from checkbox to symbol and use a symbol other than Flag or Star the formula will return a number.

    Good luck,


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  • Geoff Baker
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    I had the same issue with the checkbox returning a Boolean Error. I changed the checkbox to a symbol and the error went away.

  • Andrée Starå
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    Hi @Geoff Baker

    I hope you're well and safe!

    Another option would be to add +"" at the end of the formula.

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic weekend!


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